The Baars' Adventure Aboard EIRA

Menno, Valerie, Daniel, John and their dog Daisy are off to explore the Caribbean Islands for two years-no-make that three years!

15 January 2008 | Abrahams Bay, Mayaguana
13 January 2008 | Sand Cay, Turks and Caicos
12 January 2008 | Sand Cay, Turks and Caicos
02 January 2008 | Samana, The Dominican Republic
02 January 2008 | Samana, The Dominican Republic
25 December 2007 | Boqueron, Puerto Rico
19 December 2007 | Isla Muerte, Puerto Rico
17 December 2007 | Green Beach, Vieques
14 December 2007 | St Thomas, USVI
06 December 2007 | St Barts to BVI's
06 December 2007 | St Barts to BVI's
28 November 2007 | Grand Case, St Martin
26 November 2007 | Grand Case, St Martin
24 November 2007 | Grand Case, St Martin
23 November 2007 | Grand Case, St Martin
22 November 2007 | Grand Case, St Martin
20 November 2007 | Pinel Isle, St Martin
12 November 2007 | Marigot, St Martin
31 October 2007 | St Thomas, USVI
04 October 2007 | Spanish Virgin Islands

House hunting...

23 June 2008 | Wilmington, North Carolina
We like the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area and are thinking this may be where we drop the anchor and stay awhile. We are starting to look at homes and have already looked into the schools and are pleased with the elementary, middle and high schools. Being close to the water is super and as I said previously the beaches here are great! More to follow.

Photo: John, Charlotte, Robert, Daniel and Lawrence having fun in the Carolina surf!

Cruising in the Carolinas

20 June 2008 | Wilmington, North Carolina
We have been stateside for two weeks now. We left Charleston and made our way up the ICW and Cape Fear River to the historic city of Wilmington. We spent four days at the Waterfront Docks getting a feel for the city and enjoying the charm of the Historic District. Charlotte met us that first night and we treated her to some cracked conch fresh from the Abacos! We have moved EIRA over to Wrightsville Beach and are now anchored in the sound. We are a stones throw from Charlotte's house and the wonderful beach at Wrighstville. We are still in the cruising lifestyle mode, having school in the mornings and the afternoons free. Charlotte's nieces and nephews are visiting the beach house for summer so Daniel and John have had a super time playing with all of the kids! The beach is a great surfers beach and the boys are having fun on the surf board and are fortunate to have Deans here ( a real surfer dude!) to give them some tips.

Photo: We have raised all of our flags from the countries we visited over the past 3 years! EIRA looks raather festive!

Land ho!

06 June 2008 | Charleston, South Carolina
We were met by dolphins playing in the surf around EIRA as we approached Charleston Harbour. The noticeable difference between the dolphins playing here and those who said farewell to us in the Sea of Abaco was the color and clarity of the water! Nothing compares to the crystal clear waters on the Bahama banks. The Charleston water is a dark muddy brown.
We travelled 460 miles and had a great trip. The days did not have much wind but in the evenings the wind picked up and we had beautiful, brisk sails. No moon, however the night sky was brillant with stars. The Gulf Stream gave us some good speed under Eira's keel, clocking 8-9 knots regularly.
We dropped the anchor in the Ashley River and Customs and Immigrations came to clear us back into the US of A- no problems. We put the dinghy down and took Daisy ashore- she was very happy to be on terre firme once again.
Vessel Name: EIRA
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 393
Hailing Port: Solomons Island, Maryland
Crew: Menno, Valerie, Daniel and John Baars
About: Valerie, Menno, Daniel, John and our dog Daisy are aboard Eira off to explore The Bahamas. We will island hop south through the Caribbean with plans to be in Grenada by Hurricane season. Our second "windy season" will be spent in the Spanish Virgin Islands.
Extra: "Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in you sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."--Mark Twain
EIRA's Photos - Mark in the Virgin Islands
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Anchored in Trunk Bay, St John
Cocktails and conch
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